“FIRST THING I DID WHEN I GOT THE CAR WAS TO TAKE IT TO THE TRACK,” SHINNO EXPLAINS. “I WANTED TO SEE HOW IT HANDLED AND PERFORMED BEFORE MODIFYING IT.”
Some Evo purists reading this may be shuddering at the thought of a car with rally DNA exiting through the bay doors of a stance shop with eight degrees of negative camber, but have no fear, Shinno has a good head on his shoulders. In fact, when he bought the 100-percent stock Evo from a used dealer in 2008, his first move was very uncharacteristic of anyone who values form over function.
“First thing I did when I got the car was to take it to the track,” Shinno explains. “I wanted to see how it handled and performed before modifying it. The car was really fast already, so I knew it wouldn't be hard to make a rocket out of it. I just made sure to keep the excellent balance.”
Shinno actually left the car stock for a year after he bought it to feel everything out. Once he identified where he could improve, he dove right under the hood first to try his hand at heart surgery. The HKS F-CON V Pro computer and EVC 6 boost controller are the maestros directing the Tomei ARMS M7960 turbo kit, 600cc injectors, and aftermarket camshafts to produce 400 horsepower – 124 more than the factory 4G63T 2.0-liter pushes out. The resulting exhaust from this fierce combustion is released through a full Tomei system, which makes a sound that has Pepino questioning how Shinno “hasn't been locked up yet!”
Next came the piece that really sets this Evo apart from the rest: the Voltex body kit. This particular kit is the Cyber Circuit kit, which is the full deal that's made for competition, with every canard, endplate, and diffuser included. Under the haunches of the wide front fenders and rear over-fenders, 255/40 Advan Neova tires are stretched over square 18x11 WORK Meister M1 wheels.
“The quality of the Voltex body kit is beyond reproach, but it wasn't a piece of cake to fit the 11-inch wide wheels and get this flush look,” says Shinno. “I had to spend some time on the suspension set-up.”
Ohlins' capable PCV (Parallel Compression Valve) coilovers, outfitted with Swift springs, lower the fenders just over the Yokohama tire stickers for a height appropri-